Advanced Surface Heat Exchanger Via High Strength Graphite Foam

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-03-M-5030
Agency Tracking Number: F031-3770
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Witold Kowbel
 Vice President
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Currently employed surface heat exchanger utilizes Titanium metal. The low thermal conductivity of titanium combines with its high density results in significantly design penalties. Applications of graphite foam to the heat exchangers offers potentialsignificant performance and weight benefits. However, the key strength, thermal conductivity and integration issues need to be resolved. Hamilton Standard will work with MER to design the surface heat exchanger with the graphite foam. A nanotubesreinforced graphite foam will be explored as means to achieve improved thermal and mechanical properties. Thermal fin efficiency will be evaluated and compared with the state-of-the-art design. This technology will be inserted into surface heatexchangers for both defense and civilian applications.

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